The conference this year had 3 themes:
- Reducing inequalities
- Making the economic case for prevention
- Using world leading science and innovation to protect and improve the health and wellbeing
7 key social prescribing highlights from the event:
- People are living longer but in poorer health
- The gap between the affluent and the poor is on the increase; there is no good health without income.
- We will not close this gap if we always did what we have always done
- We need to help people make healthier choices to live longer in good health
- Healthcare is only accountable to about 20% of our health; the rest is down to choices such as (Smoking, Diet, Exercise, Alcohol)
- For the reason above, we need to address the 80% so that people use healthcare appropriately
- Government, commissioners and organisations should ensure their policies do not indirectly increase inequality E.g where services do not actually reach those most in need of it or benefits only a few.
Social prescribing aims to help reduce inequalities, prevent ill-health, promote health equity and human rights. This is the reason we think EVERYONE not SOME should have access to a well-resourced social prescribing service to deliver positive population wellbeing outcomes. To increase positive wellbeing outcomes for an individual we need a thriving social prescribing workforce.
Since 20% of our health is accountable to healthcare; we need to provide social prescribing as the solution to the 80% that are largely non-medical. This is basically a no brainer, isn’t it! We need to stop over medicating people unnecessarily but rather support them live longer in good health by addressing the non-medical wellbeing issues affecting their health. What do you think!
The launch of the health profile for England 2018
The health profile for England 2018 was launched at the event. It is hoped that the easy to understand health profile data will help break down barriers to collaboration in finding solutions to improve people’s health and to help inform the long-term plan for the NHS.
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